Xenia Christian's Nelson too much for Cedarville


The decision will be tough one for Michaela Nelson.

Her numbers in basketball say she is college prospect, as do the times she had run in track.

“I’m probably going to wait until the spring to make a choice,” said the 5-foot-9 senior at Xenia Christian. “Track may be my better sport right now. But if I had a real good offer for basketball, I’d have to think hard about it.”

Nelson had a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds Monday night as Xenia Christian defeated Cedarville, 65-58, in the girls high school basketball opener for both teams.

The game was a bit above average from numbers she posted in the 2011-12 season of 21.6 points and 13.4 rebounds.

Those averages might draw a lot of attention from college scouts if Nelson did not play in the Metro Buckeye Conference, which is not known for great girls high school basketball.

She also does not play on a high-profile AAU team in the summer, which had limited her exposure.

“Oh, she’s good enough to play for most Division III colleges in the state and maybe D-II,” said Cedarville coach Ralph Grant. “She a great athlete with speed and quickness. She’d have to improve her shooting and ball handling.

“But she’s awful good in track, too, and really a great kid.”

Nelson’s best track times are 12.38 seconds in the 100 meters, 25.66 in the 200 and 57.62 in the 400. She was fifth in 200 in the D-III state as a freshman and third in the 400 as a sophomore.

She showed her quickness early in the third quarter with three steals for layups which helped XC open a nine-point lead after the score was 30-all at halftime.

Cedarville, coming off a 9-14 season, hurt itself with 30 turnovers. Senior Emily Aviles was its leading scorer with 32 points.

“This is my sixth year and the first time we’ve beaten Cedarville,” said Xenia Christian coach Bev Moser, whose team was 11-10 last year. “I thought we played well as a team for the opener, taking care of the ball (14 turnovers, 9 in the first quarter).

“Michaela had her typical game. She’s a smart kid and obviously a great athlete. Whatever sport she chooses in college, she’ll be great at it.”